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One-day workshops for teachers and trainers

Designed for teachers and trainers of trauma-impacted adult learners who want to use brain-based teaching and trauma-informed interactions to touch hearts, change minds and transform behavior.


Workshop 1

Design Transformative curriculum

Create a classroom-based, custom learning journey designed specifically for your clients' needs and improve outcomes and attract more funding with your results. 

  1. Name the destination: Analyze your clients and what they need to do and accomplish in their lives and shape these desires into targeted, real-life outcomes as your behavioral destination.
  2. Mark the finish line: Brainstorm an end-of-course test drive task contextualized to your clients' circumstances so they can demonstrate mastery of the skills, attitudes, habits and understandings they need to be successful at the destination.
  3. Identify the fuel:  Unpack your test drive task to list the essential things your clients must understand, do and resolve to power themselves across the finish line; recording these in a one-page curriculum snapshot.
  4. Map the route: Create high interest and motivating learning activities aligned with how brains learn to make your destination and route attractive, engaging and relevant to your clients.
  5. Start where they are:  Prepare learning experiences that access and leverage what clients already know, using brain-based strategies to gain their buy-in and ready their minds to master new concepts, attitudes, habits and skills.
  6. Travel in a carpool: Support understanding, doing and resolving by leveraging the power of active and collaborative activities to present content for constructing new knowledge together.
  7. Set up guardrails: Provide checklists for practice trips and work products that keep clients out of the ditch and on the road toward the behavioral destination. 
  8. Facilitate practice trips: Scaffold guided practice using modeling, coaching and feedback to build mastery in understanding, doing and resolving that can help your clients achieve their goals.
  9. Schedule rest stops: Build in time after practice with structured activities for reflection, refinement, and contingency planning so clients are ready to apply their new abilities out in the world.
  10. Offer roadside assistance: Include reminders, check-ins, visually appealing and brain-friendly handouts and props to help clients build executive functions and stay on track to the destination.
  11. Celebrate the finish line: Plan recognition and closure activities to celebrate clients' efforts as they complete the final test drive task and cross the finish line to their desired destination.
After working on curriculum design and delivery with Tracy, our trainings are now engaging, targeted and valuable, and full within hours of being advertised. Our training staff LOVE working with Tracy!
— Sandy Bumpus, Executive Director & Tammi Paul, Statewide Training Program Manager, Oregon Family Support Network

Workshop 2

Transform fight, flight and freeze in the adult classroom

Work with your team to reduce classroom challenges and help trauma-impacted adults build executive functions to meet their goals.

  1. Develop informed empathy for learners: Use an understanding of trauma-impact to see and understand your clients' learning needs.
  2. Create a safe classroom environment:  Set up classroom structures and processes that help learners relax, increase their comfort level and free up bandwidth for learning.
  3. Nurture relationships: Use strategies to build trust and encourage new neural connections between the emotion and thinking centers of the brain.
  4. Elicit and explore limiting mental models: Leverage your relationship to help learners pull what they know from long-term memory into working memory where they can critically analyze beliefs and behaviors that aren't serving them.
  5. Offer enriched alternatives: Design and teach activities that support learners in exploring alternative ways to achieve what's important to them.
  6. Facilitate rigorous action plans: Coach learners in action planning to try out alternatives, avoid triggers, overcome barriers, and cue desired behavior.
  7. Address your training challenges: Create a plan to apply this brain-based and trauma-informed model to address your specific training challenge.
I really enjoyed the training and got a LOT of useful skills and ideas. I can’t wait to put what I learned into practice. I wish I’d had this workshop 10 years ago!
— Victoria Haight, Statewide Training Coordinator, Oregon Family Support Network